Paul Dempsey cut a striking figure at the Australian Open recently, where Something For Kate were performing on the huge outdoor stage.
Unless Bernard Tomic was raising hell somewhere in one, it would seem that Dempsey was the only person at Australia’s premier tennis tournament in a Slayer t-shirt.
“Well I didn’t see another one,” he laughs. “So I’ll take that honour.”
The music events presented at the Australian Open are an anomaly for a sporting event. Something For Kate have played every few years at the event since 2006 and the production has grown on a massive scale.
“Now it’s like a fully dedicated massive outdoor concert area that’s across the road from Rod Laver Arena,” Dempsey says. “It’s set up for around 6,000 people and the stage and production are gigantic. It’s like two weeks of huge shows and pretty high-profile acts. It’s probably one of the biggest music events, for two straight weeks, in Melbourne if not Australia. Even though it’s a sporting event, I can’t think of another time where you get two straight weeks of massive outdoor shows.”
Something For Kate are working towards a new album, the follow-up to 2012’s Leave Your Soul To Science. The timeline for delivery, at this juncture, is difficult to define, partly because after 25 years SFK dance to their own beat, but also because life has a habit of getting in the way.
“We’ve got about half a dozen songs that we’re pretty excited about. Then there’s dozens and dozens of pieces of music that we’re also excited about that need to be beaten into some kind of shape and then I’ll be needing to write lyrics for. To put a timeframe on that is folly, as we’ve learnt over the years (laughs).
“We’d like to be in the studio by mid-year I would hope, but this is exactly where we were at last January. Given the realities of us all being parents and that sort of stuff we realise that the days of us going down to a studio five-days-a-week for several hours a day to kick ideas around are gone (laughs). It’s more about finding two hours here and there to close the door and do some writing.”
Something For Kate perform outdoors at Badlands Bar with support from Adam Said Galore, CALMLY and Kaitlin Keegan on February 16. More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/277030179634149/